Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS headed to Colorado as round three of the 2019 Pro Motocross Championship series visited Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, CO this past weekend. Riders Blake Baggett and Justin Bogle rode solid, each earning top ten overall finishes.
Blake Baggett raced both motos with a sore wrist from last weekend’s first crash at Pala. Even though it was much better, his wrist was still held him back. In moto one, he rounded the first turn inside the top five. Soon, he found himself defending his top five position while battling the muddy track conditions from the rain earlier in the day. Ultimately, he kept the charge holding on to cross the checkered flag in 7th. Blake would start moto two up front, as he lead the field up the hill into turn one. With the track now dried out, he would battle for position inside the top five for the first half of the race. He would hit his lines, again taking 7th, earning 7th overall for the day.
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC returned to racing as round 16 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season stopped at Metlife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ this past Saturday night. Blake Baggett rode solid race earning a 4th place finish, and Justin Bogle got his second heat race win of the season.
Blake Baggett got a great start in his heat, as he lead the field into turn one and rounded the first turn in 3rd place. Blake held off the riders behind him, to cross the finish line in 3rd place. Blake started the main event inside the top five and moved into 4th in the first few laps. He would ride a solid race, working his way into second place by mid-way through the laps. Blake made a mistake and went down late in the race, but quickly remounted, sliding back one spot to take the checkered flag in 4th place. Going into the last round, Blake holds 5th place in championship points.
“I rode well tonight” said Baggett. “I felt good tonight. The track was a bit tricky and I just made a little mistake that cost me a podium spot. I’m looking forward to finishing the season strong next week in Las Vegas.”
Justin Bogle started his heat race with a launch out of the gate to round the first turn in 2nd place. From the beginning of the race, Justin would ride solidly as he put pressure on race leader Eli Tomac, eventually forcing a mistake to take over the lead. Leading the field, Justin pulled a gap and took the checkered flag for his second heat race win of the season. He got another good start in the main event, but collided with another rider in the first turn, collecting a hard stinger to his hand. He went down soon after while still bunched up in the pack, damaging his bike too much to continue. It was an unfortunate series of events that caused the end of Justin’s race, since he was mentally ready for a podium coming off his second straight heat race win.
“Wasn’t the night I expected,” said Bogle. “ I was feeling it tonight and felt good to get my second heat race win of the season. It was unfortunate how my main went, as I felt I could have been up there battling for a podium spot. I’m looking forward to Las Vegas and ending the season on a high note.”
It was yet another podium night for Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC as round 11 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season commenced at Indianapolis, IN this past Saturday night.
The night started with Blake Baggett out in front as he grabbed the holeshot in his heat race and took the early race lead. Blake would have some issues on the track that slid him back into third position, where he took the checkered flag and a transfer spot to the main event. The #4 had his starts dialed and in the main event he shot out of the gate getting around the first turn in second place. But by the end of the first lap, he found himself in 4th place. Baggett made his move into third and with under ten minutes to go made the pass for second place. He then set his sights at the front and would attempt a pass for the lead with just a few laps to go, but to no avail. Blake stayed poised, hitting his lines and used solid riding to finish in 2nd place, his fourth podium of the season.
Round 10 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season was a hometown race for Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC -KTM-WPS at the world center of racing, the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida this past Saturday night.
Blake Baggett came into Daytona confident, ready to put his KTM 450SX-F FE out in front, and that’s just what he did! He grabbed traction straight out of the gate in his heat race, leading the field into the first turn to secure the holeshot. Soon he would find himself being challenged for the lead, falling back into second before launching it off the wall jump to make the pass and re-take the lead. Blake pulled a sizable gap, and ultimately taking the win.
It’s been 19 years since Supercross fans have gathered at the Raymond James Stadium. But 2018, saw the return of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series to Tampa this past Saturday night. Blake Baggett kept his chances at a championship alive as he recovered from an early race crash to finish inside the top ten.
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Blake Baggett began his night on a high note, launching off the line as the gate dropped on his heat race ahead of the pack, rounding the first corner, to securing the holeshot. He would go on to extend a gap between he and the rest of the riders until a mistake in a complex rhythm section led him to jump off the track, into the catch net behind the first bowl turn. Blake quickly regrouped and made his way back up to 7th where he finished, transferring him straight to the main event. Blake would have to work a little harder in his main event, as an incident in the sand section caused him to fall back to the end of the field. This didn’t stop “El Chupacabra” from buckling down and charging his way through position after position to break into the top ten, and finished the race in 9th place. This finish keeps him in 3rd place in the championship points standings!